A true classic...wake up early and bring a helmet, as the trough can produce some nasty falling rock if there are people ahead of you. Watch out for lightning, as you are exposed for quite some time...
I have climbed Longs twice both times using the Cables Route. This route is rated at 5.4 rock climbing and a rope and climbing gear is needed. I used the Keyhole route to get down, however you can rappel the Cables Route also. The avantange to this route instead of 100's of climbers you will be lucky to see 5 or 6 climbers. This route is about 3hrs. faster then the Keyhole route.
Route Climbed: Keyhole Route Date Climbed: 08-23-90
My husband, J, and I started out from the Long's Peak TH at around 5am...not the first climbers of the day by a long shot. Can't remember just what time we summited, but I do remember it was a long 14 hour day (pun intended). There was one move, getting out of the trough, which would have stopped me coming and going, but for some slight assistance and much encouragement and patience from my hiking partner. I remember being totally amazed at how some folks made (even completed) this climb...in tennies with no gear but for a bottle of pop and a granola bar in a 7-11 bag!!